Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Eau Claire City / County Health Department

720 Second Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54703
Eau Claire County
Local Health Department Website
Community Health Needs Assessment
Community Health Implementation Plan
Time Frame: 2015-2018

Implementation Approaches

Goal 1: Decrease high risk drinking in Eau Claire County through increased awareness, education & policy change.

-Objective 1: By 2018, create and implement a plan to increase awareness of the societal costs and consequences of high-risk drinking.

-Objective 2: By 2018, identify new resources and partnerships to support and enhance the capacity to decrease high-risk drinking.

-Objective 3: By 2018, collaborate with the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention to strengthen and enforce at least three policies, practices, laws, and codes to decrease high-risk drinking.

Current work to accomplish goal 1:

  • Providing presentations to raise community awareness around alcohol.
  • Reviewing social host, sober server, alcohol licensing, and public impairment policies and ordinances to learn more in-depth information about each ordinance to assess capacity, the need for, (and the community’s readiness for) potential implementation of one of these policies and ordinances.

Evidence-informed practices and policies that will be considered by action team to discourage unhealthy use of alcohol:

  • Responsible beverage service
  • Sober server polices
  • Alcohol tax increase
  • Drink special (e.g., all-you-can-drink) restrictions
  • Temporary alcohol license requirements to include conditions such as sober servers, fenced areas, etc.

 

Goal 1: Decrease the percentage of Eau Claire County community members who are overweight or obese.

-Objective 1: By 2018, increase awareness of what the built environment is and how it can affect health by providing education to at least 10 community organizations.

-Objective 2: By 2018, assist and support Eau Claire Healthy Communities to strengthen and enforce at least three policies, practices, laws, and codes that address public health in the built environment.

-Objective 3: By 2018, identify and engage at least 10 new stakeholders for the annual BE (built environment) Fit Forum that focuses on the connection between health and the built environment.

Current work to accomplish goal 1:

  • Continuing work on the BE (Built Environment) Fit Forum and planning future forums that will target specific groups.
  • Collaborating in a grant project to pilot the Health Impact Assessment tool on the Cannery District redevelopment; involvement in Public Health Market feasibility study.
  • Assessing capacity, the need for, and the community’s readiness for implementation of strategies, programs, and policies such as the Safe Routes to School program.

Goal 2: Utilize the worksite wellness setting as an environment to impact health behaviors that may contribute to obesity and chronic disease in Eau Claire County.

-Objective 1: By 2018, continue to assist and support Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce Health & Wellness Committee by providing evidence-based research and helping initiate at least 3 worksite wellness initiatives.

-Objective 2: By 2018, collaborate with local organizations, including “Get the Shot” Committee, to develop flumarketing materials and disseminate messaging to at least 20 worksites.

-Objective 3: By 2018, increase awareness about diabetes and provide diabetes prevention information to at least 20 worksites.

Current work to accomplish goal 2:

  • Continuing work with the Eau Claire Chamber Health and Wellness Committee to offer Workplace Wellness Learning Circle opportunities for businesses to connect and receive information about evidence-based practices and policies for their work place wellness program. Emphasis on reaching those with fewer than 50 employees.
  • Working to establish relationships and communication channels to disseminate wellness and prevention information to additional networks.

Goal 3: Increase the percentage of fruit and vegetable consumption of Eau Claire County community members.

-Objective 1: By 2018, identify and build new partnerships to support and enhance the capacity to increase fruit and vegetable consumption of Eau Claire County community members.

-Objective 2: By 2018, implement at least one healthy food marketing initiative in Eau Claire County.

-Objective 3: By 2018, identify, implement and/or support at least three new activities and/or policies to increase fruit and vegetable consumption of Eau Claire County community members.

Current work to accomplish goal 3:

  • Collaborating with Chippewa Health Improvement Partnership to explore health food marketing initiatives to implement across both counties.
  • Assessing capacity, the need for, and the community’s readiness for implementation of strategies, programs and policies to increase fruit and vegetable consumption.
  • Continuing connection to the work being done around food insecurity in our community.

Evidence-informed practices/policies that will be considered by action team to encourage obesity prevention:

  • Provide employers/employees with opportunities for individual, group, and at-home support for behavior change
  • Provide employers/employees incentives for participation in worksite wellness, nutrition and physical activity
  • Provide employers/employees with tools for self-assessment of eating and physical activity habits
  • Prescriptions for physical activity
  • Food hubs
  • Point of purchase prompts for healthy foods

Goal 1: Utilize the worksite wellness setting as an environment to impact health behaviors that may contribute to obesity and chronic disease in Eau Claire County.

-Objective 1: By 2018, continue to assist and support Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce Health & Wellness Committee by providing evidence-based research and helping initiate at least 3 worksite wellness initiatives.

-Objective 2: By 2018, collaborate with local organizations, including “Get the Shot” Committee, to develop flumarketing materials and disseminate messaging to at least 20 worksites.

-Objective 3: By 2018, increase awareness about diabetes and provide diabetes prevention information to at least 20 worksites.

Current work to accomplish goal 1:

  • Continuing work with the Eau Claire Chamber Health and Wellness Committee to offer Workplace Wellness Learning Circle opportunities for businesses to connect and receive information about evidence-based practices and policies for their work place wellness program. Emphasis on reaching those with fewer than 50 employees.
  • Working to establish relationships and communication channels to disseminate wellness and prevention information to additional networks.

Goal 2: Increase the number of individuals connected to evidence-based programs to prevent/improve chronic conditions in Eau Claire County.

-Objective 1: By 2018, create a tool/resource to help health care providers efficiently and effectively identify community resources appropriate for individual clients.

-Objective 2: By 2018, assess gaps in community chronic disease prevention programs and identify additional needed evidence-based programs.

-Objective 3: By 2018, establish working relationships with at least three representatives of key providers within each major health care system (people who are influential in referring patients to health care services).

Current work to accomplish goal 2:

  • Continuing role as the advisory board for the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program, an evidence-based program for diabetes.
  • Continuing work to identify how providers prefer to have patient resources available to them; who refers patients to resourcesproviders or ancillary staff; and if they already have existing databases or systems of resource referral.

Goal 1: Decrease the annual death rate due to suicide and the number of hospitalizations due to self-inflicted injury in Eau Claire County.

-Objective 1: By 2018, collaborate with Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association (ECAHMAA) to provide mental health/wellness education at least annually at Wellness Days for Hmong Elders.

-Objective 2: By 2018, provide Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training to at least 2,000 community members.

-Objective 3: By 2018, identify and implement at least three new activities and/or policies to increase mental health awareness presence in the community.

Current work to accomplish goal 1: 

  • Continuing collaboration with ECAHMAA to offer several mental health and wellness trainings.
  • Working with partners to provide QPR training to adults and adolescents in our community.
  • Continue sharing of educational materials developed to help increase awareness of mental health services.
  • Assessing capacity, the need for, and the community’s readiness for potential implementation of strategies, programs and policies that increase mental health awareness presence such as a warm line. A warm line is a peerrun listening line staffed by people in recovery themselves.

Goal 2: Promote the mental, social and emotional development of children and adolescents in Eau Claire County.

-Objective 1: By 2018, community members surveyed will demonstrate an increase in knowledge of healthy social-emotional development after participating in educational activities/events, including early warning signs of mental illness.

-Objective 2: By 2018, the Mental Health Action Team will collaborate with Eau Claire County Schools and other early childhood programs to increase education related to mental health and social-emotional development for children, adolescents and staff.

-Objective 3: By 2018, increase the number of children and adolescents who receive mental health screening through community partners by 25%.

Current work to accomplish goal 2:

  • Continuing collaboration with Eau Claire BRAIN Team and Eau Claire Coalition for Youth to host a mental health summit to gather stakeholders, start community conversation about children and adolescent mental health and create an awareness of resources available.
  • Assessing capacity, the need for, and the community’s readiness for implementation of strategies, programs and policies that increase mental health education and screening for children and adolescents.

Evidence-informed practices and policies that will be considered by action team to increase awareness of mental health and encourage coordination of mental health care:

  • Use of mental health screening tools across all medical settings, communities, and schools
  • Comprehensive mental health and school-based interventions
  • Training, support, and consultation for primary care providers in treatment of mental health problems
  • Systematic changes to provide comprehensive care coordination that require an integrated care delivery model to support populations at risk for suicide
  • Mental health benefits legislation

Goal 1: Increase community awareness of the elements of a healthy relationship in Eau Claire County.

Goal 2: Provide education to Eau Claire County adolescents about safe dating practices in order to break the cycle of dating violence and to increase access to resources

Current work to accomplish goals:

  • Implementing the Safe Dates program, an evidence-based program to prevent teen dating abuse: a factor often linked to alcohol and other drug use.
  • Assessing capacity, the need for, and the community’s readiness for implementation of additional strategies, programs and policies that increase awareness of elements of a healthy relationships and access to resources in our community.
  • Participating in the Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute’s Community Teams Program to increase and develop collaborative leadership skills.

Oral Health Promotion

Goal 1: Increase community awareness about the importance of oral health through increased education in Eau Claire County.

-Objective 1: Objective 1: By 2018, increase the number of dentists providing care to one year olds

Goal 2: Increase community awareness about the benefits of water fluoridation through increased education and community presentations in Eau Claire County.

-Objective 1: By 2018, maintain the number of communities in Eau Claire County that have fluoridated water.

Current work to accomplish goals:

  • Promoting the Dental Home by Age One campaign to raise awareness about the importance of oral health in young children. The goal of the campaign is to have children visit a pediatric dentist by their first birthday to establish a ‘dental home.’
  • Promoting Healthy Smiles for Mom and Baby, a statewide program to integrate oral health into prenatal and pediatric health care systems.
  • Assessing capacity, the need for, and the community’s readiness for implementation of additional strategies, programs and policies that increase awareness of importance of oral health and benefits of water fluoridation.